‘We nearly made the im­pos­si­ble pos­si­ble’

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It looked as though it would be a dream start for Michael Dun­lop and the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R as he bolted off the line in Sun­day’s open­ing race. While James Hil­lier took an early lead, Dun­lop was in front by the end of the first lap with a stun­ning av­er­age speed of 131.135mph from a stand­ing start – a re­mark­able feat given it’s a brand new bike and had com­pleted just a hand­ful of prac­tice laps due to the bad weather.

While the 28-year-old was un­der- stand­ably miffed on Sun­day, he soon started to look at the pos­i­tives. “It was nearly the im­pos­si­ble be­ing pos­si­ble yes­ter­day,” he said. “Peo­ple thought we were stupid com­ing with a brand new bike. We were go­ing al­right, I was hav­ing a bit of a push and she just stopped. Th­ese things hap­pen.” While the Suzuki team wouldn’t com­ment on what went wrong with the bike, MCN un­der­stands it was an en­gine com­po­nent fail­ure.

Dun­lop got off to a fly­ing start on his Suzuki but broke down on lap two

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